Home Upcoming Events Practically Painting with O’Keeffe with Anna Koster G221035

Practically Painting with O’Keeffe with Anna Koster G221035

This workshop is full. Please add your name to the waitlist or select another workshop. Georgia O’Keeffe was once a beginner herself. Join us for this workshop for beginners, amateurs, and those looking for a fresh start for their work. Let yourself be guided by the approach O’Keeffe used to “fill a space in a beautiful way”, while you develop your own creativity. Walk in her footsteps at Ghost Ranch, and be inspired by the landscape she loved and made famous with her paintings. This class opens up the making of art with a view toward O’Keeffe’s own perspective and practices. Join us for this adventure focusing on line, color, form, and finding your own, personal expression. There is so much to consider when approaching a blank page or canvas: What to paint or draw, the composition or placement of subject matter, how to get the forms right, combining color for effect, or going monochromatic, plus technique for applying your chosen media: paint, pastel, or collage.  This week, you will be guided by someone who served as O’Keeffe’s companion in 1976, then went on to study art and enjoy a long museum career. The instructor, Anna Koster, combines personal knowledge of O’Keeffe with decades of study of her art and life. In her teaching, Anna honors each person’s unique creative spirit and fosters a positive, supportive atmosphere. Discover your own inner style, aesthetic, and artistic voice through exercises, lessons, and challenges presented in this course. Lessons are based on those that O’Keeffe got from her most influential teacher, Arthur Wesley Dow — lessons that were revolutionary for the time and that led O’Keeffe to express herself and ultimately become the “Mother of American Modernism” In addition, experience a challenge modeled on one that O’Keeffe, herself, gave novices. Follow the steps O’Keeffe used to prepare — before she put brush to canvas. See if these help you. This course provides an affirming artistic experience for all skill levels, from the novice to experienced artists who want to try something new and learn about O’Keeffe’s approach to art and life.


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What day/time does the workshop start and end?

In-person workshops begin with check-in at 3:00 p.m. and a ranch orientation in the evening on the first date listed for the course and end at 10:00 a.m. with checkout on the last date listed.

Virtual workshops will have a varied schedule that is identified within each workshop description.

During Covid safety period - single occupancy lodging is the standard
  • During Covid-19 periods, all lodging types will be single occupancy at no additional charge. Of course, you can share a room with a spouse, partner, family or another person that shares your full-time residence. The extra folks that share a room will pay for workshop registration fees and meals.
What is the difference between a room with private bath, a room with semi-private or shared bath, and a room with communal/dorm bath?

Private bath refers to the type of bathroom, not single occupancy

Private Bath Room: There is a bathroom in that one room that is not shared between or with any other rooms. The highest rate tier of Ghost Ranch lodging.

Semi-private/shared: There is a bathroom between two rooms that is shared by the occupants of the two adjoining sleeping rooms. These rooms will only be used as family or group suites, not to be shared by unknown neighbors as in the past.

Communal/dorm: There is a communal bathroom/shower in the lodging building and participants will need to exit their room to reach these facilities.

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  • Anna Koster
    Anna Koster

    Anna Koster has enjoyed a full life focused on art. In 1976, she had the opportunity to serve as Georgia O’Keeffe’s weekend companion. She went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree and teach at the Community College of Denver, San Jose Museum Art School, and other venues through the 1980s. At the same time, her career as an artist progressed with solo and group shows. Then she began working in art museums, completing a 35-year career in California, with the final 15 years at Stanford University’s Cantor Arts Center.

    She has been leading workshops at Ghost Ranch since 2014. In recent years, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum (Santa Fe), Nevada Museum of Art (Reno), and the Palo Alto Art Center (California) have offered Anna’s classes. Her positive, affirming approach to teaching, combined with insights from O’Keeffe’s art and life have earned praise from participants: “uplifting,” “inspiring,” and “amazing.” See more at annakoster.com/testimonials.

    Anna’s own work includes super-realistic and trompe l’oeil (trick-the-eye) painting as well as drawing and conceptual art projects. Visit www.annakoster.com to view Anna’s art; her resume is at annakoster.com/resume.


Oct 08 - 14 2022



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